Two well-known retailers are pulling out of Denny in a further blow to its town centre’s future as a shopping destination.
Mathiesons Bakery closed its shop in Church Walk on March 27 and RS McColl’s is expected to follow suit in June after both firms confirmed they would not relocate to a temporary retail village in Duke Street.
The stores are in the last remaining section of Church Walk, near Denny Cross, which is due to be demolished in July.
The dilapidated retail and residential block, which dates back to 1970, is being flattened as part of a Falkirk Council-backed scheme to regenerate the town centre.
Construction of a new building, housing a library and shops, is to begin in November for completion by 2016.
Denny library, Lloyd’s pharmacy and Cafe Anton will relocate to temporary structures in Duke Street in May as building work is carried out.
Boots pharmacy will move to a temporary building in Carronbank Crescent.
These businesses are all expected to move to the new building once it is complete.
Colin Belbin, convener of Denny and Dunipace Community Council, said: “We had guessed that Mathiesons and McColl’s would be leaving. When we learned last year that only three portakabins would be built in Duke Street as part of the temporary retail village, we were able to work out who would stay.
“Council officers have told us that the new town centre, once complete, will be attractive to businesses, and that they have already received interest. But that remains to be seen.”
Mathiesons and McColls are the second and third long-established business to quit Denny this year, with Gillespie’s shoe shop closing last month after more than 60 years trading in the town.